Mississippi State's 'intensity, heart' snaps UConn's 111-straight wins

It's all SEC for women's title after Mississippi St stunner
Women's Final Four: Live updates, scores and more from the women's basketball tournament

02 April, 2017

UConn won't be winning another title this year - something that was always unquestionably their focus amid their pure dominance in the sport - but Mississippi State's win didn't make it any less impressive.

Just like the 1980 USA men's Olympic hockey that upset the heavily favored Soviet Union team on way to the gold medal, Mississippi State (34-4) still has one more game to play after ending UConn's 111-game winning streak.

Mississippi State cat-quick point guard Morgan William's 14-foot jumper over Gabby Williams' outstretched hand dropped through the basket as time expired to give the Bulldogs the 66-64 overtime victory. Mississippi State is called with a foul allowing UConn to tie it at 60 with a free throw.

In Mississippi State's loss at SC on January 23, William and Vivians really struggled offensively, making just 6-of-27 shots from the field.

Four-time defending champions CT, in their 10th straight women's final four, hadn't lost a game since November 17, 2014.

"Make no mistake, we beat a heck of a basketball team, the greatest of all time, with the best coach of all time".

Not when there's one more game to win, not when there's a national championship on the line against SEC rival SC.

"I don't have to play them 100 times. Mississippi State came out from the beginning and just went at us", Samuelson said. "But how proud am I of my kids?" They forced the Huskies into a game they weren't comfortable with and never backed down even when UConn cut it close.

UConn will return to campus from the Final Four on Sunday for the first time in five years without a national championship trophy. It wasn't originally for me, but the way they had guarded, I told Dom (Dillingham) to get the ball and take it down the court.

Now the Bulldogs are one win away from one of their own after perhaps the biggest upset in women's basketball history.

More news: Oil stable on falling Libyan output, but bloated United States market still weighs

"Maybe we're just not ready for this".

It wouldn't be until the fourth quarter that the Huskies would get back to "UConn basketball", rallying from a 16-point deficit-the team's biggest during their entire NCAA record streak-to take the lead 59-56.

Mississippi State's 6-foot-7 post player Teaira McCowan played well in both previous meetings this season against SC.

William had a chance to win the game in regulation, but her shot was blocked by Williams setting the stage for a different result when the two players' paths crossed again. "We just kept playing like older, older players, more mature players".

Schaefer was part of a national championship while on coach Gary Blair's staff at Texas A&M in 2011, then became Mississippi State's head coach. But that seemed like centuries ago on Friday night.

Vivians had 19 points, William had 13, Richardson had 12 and McCowan finished with 10 for the Bulldogs (34-4).

On the ensuing possession, Saniya Chong drove to the hoop and threw up an ill-advised shot in traffic that fell harmlessly out of bounds with 12 seconds left.

"It was personal. We had to prove we're a much better team than past year", said Victoria Vivians, who led the Bulldogs with 19 points. Mississippi State had the ball and a chance to end it.

In the final minute, Katie Lou Samuelson was hit in the neck by Dominique Dillingham. The last loss came to Notre Dame in 2012 in the Final Four.

Against the Gamecocks, who beat Stanford 62-53 in Friday's first semifinal, Mississippi State will need to try to do more of the same.

More news

  • Judge Okays $97 Million Settlement to Replace Flint's Water Lines

    Judge Okays $97 Million Settlement to Replace Flint's Water Lines

    The settlement, accepted by a federal judge, resolves just one of the civil lawsuits filed against state and city officials. Jones reportedly has a history of vocalizing concerns about chemicals being added to the city's water supply.

    Xbox One New Update Includes Beam Integration

    Beam is a live streaming service that was acquired by Microsoft along with the name a year ago , by an unknown number. The Guide screen has also been refined and is now accessed with a single press of the Xbox button, rather than two.

    Unusual Volume Spikes For: General Motors Company (GM)

    Traders may use these numbers to help figure out the current value of a stock, and to try to predict future price movement. The analysts, on average, are forecasting a $39.75 price target , but the stock is already up 34.41% from its recent lows.
  • McCain, Flake signal support for Gorsuch's nomination to Supreme Court

    The Senate Judiciary Committee held four days of confirmation hearings this week, including two days questioning Gorsuch. I will be voting NO on Judge Gorsuch and will oppose a cloture motion ending debate on his nomination.
    The Trump Administration Has Dropped Questions About LGBTQs From the 2020 Census

    The Trump Administration Has Dropped Questions About LGBTQs From the 2020 Census

    "This topic is not being proposed to Congress for the 2020 Census or American Community Survey ", the bureau said in a statement .
    Neymar keeps Brazil ticking towards World Cup

    Neymar keeps Brazil ticking towards World Cup

    Chelsea's Willian has called on the Brazil squad staying humble after they secured qualification for the World Cup. New Brazil captain Neymar says the team is full of high quality players, and not just himself.
  • Match Previews: Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion

    Wayne Rooney , a second-half substitute against West Brom , was another involved in the training session, so too Luke Shaw after being omitted from the 18-man squad.

    UN secretary-general starts official visit to Iraq

    The UN chief said via Twitter that his main focus would be to focus on the dire humanitarian situation. The attack came as US-backed forces are launching fierce fighting in western Mosul.

    Where will Raiders play next season? Lawyers reviewing lease

    Another possibility for the Raiders would be moving in with the 49ers at Levi's Stadium for a season or two. It will be a odd and potentially ugly situation with the Raiders as a lame-duck team in the Bay Area.
  • Zoo says April the Giraffe may give birth soon

    Zoo says April the Giraffe may give birth soon

    When April's calf is eventually born, it will stand at 6-feet-all and weight 150 pounds. Keepers said all observations and behavior indicate the calf will be born Friday.

    Can Manchester United catch Tottenham Hotspur in second?

    Stressing the need for a win in London, the youngster told his club's official website: "We need a win there". We face lots of games - lots of very important games in a few days that will define our season.

    Jeurys Familia suspended 15 games for violating Major League Baseball domestic violence policy

    Familia has been suspended 15 games for violating baseball's domestic-violence policy, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. Familia left camp for a meeting in NY on Monday with commissioner Rob Manfred and returned to the Mets on Tuesday.